News of Hawkins’ death understandably shocked the rock world. Tributes honoring the late drummer have been pouring in via social media, with many praising not only his skills as a musician, but his disposition and spirit as a human.
Below, we’ve collected a number of responses from the music and celebrity world, including tributes from Stevie Nicks, RUSH, Tom Morello, Ozzy Osbourne, Lars Ulrich, Travis Barker, KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, FINNEAS, Mike Portnoy, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Axl Rose, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Who, Liam Gallagher, and others.
Hawkins was a rare talent and an even rarer person, and his loss is sure to be felt for a long time to come.
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) March 26, 2022
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side – OzzyAdvertisement
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time. pic.twitter.com/wueydCu5gw
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 26, 2022
— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) March 26, 2022
God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️ pic.twitter.com/wn2izxn4Vd
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 26, 2022
Shocked n’ saddened to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins.He was a really great guy, drummer n’ family man. Was always great to see him!Was looking forward to seeing him n’ everyone in Daytona.Truly saddened. My deepest condolences to his family, the Foo Fighters n’their fans.Advertisement
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) March 26, 2022
I woke up this morning to hear the awful news of Taylor Hawkins death. What a terrible loss to us all. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player. ⁰My deepest condolences go out to his family, his band and his fans. He will be sadly missed Rest In Peace Taylor. -Tony pic.twitter.com/MSYRMzDy8c
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) March 26, 2022
I’m heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins. He was such a nice young man. Love & Mercy to Taylor’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/VyqZIP94UZ
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 26, 2022
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG xAdvertisement
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.
Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band. pic.twitter.com/qlEaQK0uui
— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) March 26, 2022
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of @taylorhawkins . Our thoughts go out to his wife and family. May he rest in peace. Taylor and the @foofighters along with @Pink and @kennyloggins joined us in 2019 for @TeenCancerUSA Backyard Concert. Photo Paul Harries. pic.twitter.com/HjIzoTwvOj
— The Who (@TheWho) March 27, 2022
So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins’ passing, what an incredible talent, who didn’t also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway. The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did, Rest In PeaceAdvertisement
— FINNEAS (@finneas) March 26, 2022
Such sad news about Taylor Hawkins. Anyone who knew him will tell you how great he was to be around. Everybody’s friend. So positive and enthusiastic. He loved music and he loved life. @foofighters
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins was a terrific drummer with a gorgeous disposition, seemed always to be having the time of his life. I didn't know him well but I know music is lessened by his passing, made duller and smaller. Requiescat.
— steve albini (@electricalWSOP) March 26, 2022
Yes- he was such a nice guy and one of the best rock drummers on earth. Terribly sad. https://t.co/UN99mc5lyMAdvertisement
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) March 26, 2022
We are terribly sorry to learn of the loss of our friend and musical brother Taylor Hawkins. So sorry to his family, Dave and the Foo family, and to the legions of his fans. Like everyone who knew him, we loved him. Rock Music wont be the same without him. pic.twitter.com/MXE5yGmy2O
— weezer (@Weezer) March 26, 2022
heartbroken by this taylor hawkins news. an all time great drummer who played with so many of my favorites, and who i felt (and still feel) incredibly honored to have opened for. RIP
— speedy ortiz ÷ sad13 ÷ sadie dupuis ÷ haunted guy (@sad13) March 26, 2022
Had the good fortune to open for the Foos once in Richmond… Taylor came over during soundcheck and was hilariously ribbing me about my kit choice. He was so funny and kind and that night, his talent was on full display. RIP to a legend…
— The Head & The Heart (@headandtheheart) March 26, 2022
My heart is broken. This is devastating. Our love goes out to the Foos and their families https://t.co/O3FP7BfnkJ
— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) March 26, 2022
GUTTED to hear of our friend and neighbor, Taylor Hawkins departure. In disbelief, like everyone else. He was one of my favorite people, always full of love… he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family, to the Foo’s… #RIPTaylorHawkins #FooFightersAdvertisement
— leann rimes cibrian (@leannrimes) March 26, 2022
Speechless and Gutted. Taylor was a great guy, a dad and a husband. My heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What awful news. https://t.co/uQdl04etlp
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 26, 2022
Our love, thoughts and support are with all who knew Taylor. Thank you for looking after me, thank you for being so kind and loving, thank you for being the most awesome drummer ever, thank you for bringing so much joy to the world, thank you for being you! With love, Nandi x pic.twitter.com/JAxo6N844a
— Nandi Bushell (@Nandi_Bushell) March 26, 2022
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) March 26, 2022
such a sweetheart. sat down and played my kit and had so many great things to say. RIP.
— eric slick (@ericslickmusic) March 26, 2022
In absolute shock & disbelief over the the passing of Taylor Hawkins. I’ve always had so much admiration for him. Amazing drummer & a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around. I’m absolutely gutted…my deepest condolences to his bandmates & family 😥🙏 #RIPTaylorHawkins pic.twitter.com/a3X0k2AqYW
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) March 26, 2022
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
Gutted. Completely gutted. We just recorded something together a month ago. Can’t even process this right now. Let’s hold Taylor’s wife and children close to our hearts.Advertisement
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) March 26, 2022
We are very sad to hear of the sudden passing of @taylorhawkins. He was a powerful musical force and has left us too soon. Our thoughts are with his wife, children, family and friends pic.twitter.com/cEfTBlNQ7O
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) March 26, 2022
So very very sorry to hear of the passing of our friend Taylor Hawkins. Honestly no words. Big love brother Taylor. Thinking of his family and the guys in his band. Absolutely heartbreaking #taylorhawkins 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/4faHc3J7nM
— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) March 26, 2022
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) March 26, 2022
RIP #taylorhawkins "I’ve just woken up to the horrible news of Taylor’s passing. I’m in a state of shock & sadness. He was the epitome of the modern day rock star & inspiration to kids everywhere, including this rather old one. Deepest sympathy to his family, friends, fans”– Sav
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) March 26, 2022
In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
Message from Coheed regarding #taylorhawkins
We are also personally saddened by this news. What a loss. Our hearts are with those who knew him. How grateful we’ll always be to have existed at the same time. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/134Cj00FhVAdvertisement
— All Things Coheed (@AllThingsCoh33d) March 26, 2022
TAYLOR HAWKINS GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOREVER. I AM SO SORRY BUBBA 💔
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) March 26, 2022
I’ve seen a lot of live bands in my time and I can honestly say that I have never seen a drummer and guitar player interact in a more jovial, genuine, and entertaining way than how @taylorhawkins and #DaveGrohl did.
One of the best in history. Devastated. #RIPTaylorHawkins
— David Draiman (@davidmdraiman) March 26, 2022
.@FooFighters Taylor Hawkins was an archetypal rock drummer — I mean, just look at the guy. He lived and played really hard and really well and really joyously, and that was very inspiring. His passing is a shock and a terrible loss.
(photo: Amy Harris) pic.twitter.com/xVdxaE2vSm
— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) March 26, 2022
Rest In Peace Taylor Hawkins. Such a great person gone way too soon.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) March 26, 2022
— Amoeba Music (@amoebamusic) March 26, 2022
A ferocious drummer, dedicated father, and dear friend gone far too soon.
Sending love to Taylor Hawkins’ family and fans of the Foo Fighters everywhere.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) March 26, 2022
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) March 26, 2022
— Sub Pop Records (@subpop) March 26, 2022
Taylor Hawkins exuded pure joy. God damn.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) March 26, 2022
The thing about rock dudes: they can be a drag. But some of the best stories of my young life were because of Dave and Taylor. Always the most generous, fun, wonderful, talented, warm. My heart goes out to their band, their families, and their fans. #RIPTaylorHawkins
— Gideon Yago (@gideonyago) March 26, 2022
Such awful, sad news… just saw Taylor Hawkins a week or two ago with the @foofighters on a night talk show promoting their horror movie…
Gone way too soon. My heart goes to his family and friend and all those who loved him. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/ntWaCErMQv
— Francesco Francavilla (@f_francavilla) March 26, 2022
Oh no… RIP Taylor Hawkins. Deepest condolences to the entire Foo Fighters family. 😔😔😔😢 https://t.co/UaEnsAtu5SAdvertisement
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) March 26, 2022
So many thoughts all at once. I loved to watch him perform. And for a band that means so much to so many, myself included, this is such a loss and so unbelievably sad. https://t.co/iT9GWINyel
— Kyle Meredith (@kylemeredith) March 26, 2022